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Education Minister wants to get rid of low quality education programs

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New accreditation rules will not allow funding low quality education programs at the expense of the State budget, Education and Science Minister Roberts Kilis said during a press briefing on September 25.

The minister said that the Higher Education Council will re-evaluate education programs by the end of 2012. This will allow responsible institutions to identify low quality education programs. As an example, the minister mentioned the direction of the science of management – there are currently 136 different education programs offered, many of which were recognized as low quality programs.

The minister believes that the budget should be concentrated on universities that offer high quality education programs in specific scientific fields and have enough resources.

Meanwhile, Director of the Higher Education, Science and Innovations Department of the Ministry of Education and Science Dmitry Kuls notes that the ministry reached an agreement regarding the review of education programs. According to this agreement, it will not be necessary to submit self-assessment reports regarding education programs that were evaluated during the Higher Education Council projects. It will also not be any joint employers and students survey sheets.

In addition, the government requested the ministry to provide and alternative education program classification method by November 1, 2012. This decision was made based on the assessment from the experts of the «Higher education program evaluation and proposals for quality improvement» project of the European Social fund.

The ministry is obligated to submit a detailed report to the Cabinet of Ministers by July 1, 2013. This report will need to contain the following points: higher education education program quality, longevity and resource availability. The ministry will also need to give proposals regarding further allocation of funds from the budget for education programs the further existence of which is under question.

In accordance with the assessment performed by the Higher education Council there are 589 education programs that are considered problematic. 210 more are considered salvageable, while the further existence of 55 programs was deemed problematic. 854 education programs were assessed during the project; 100 more programs were not submitted for review.

Given how the project was careful in its analysis of different education programs and their categorization, the Education and Science Ministry does not compare different education programs based on the report.

Based on the reviews submitted by experts, the ministry will evaluate the data and will offer proposals on how to categorize education programs based on their quality. In order to do so, the ministry requested electronic versions of the experts’ reviews from the organizers of the project.

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